Interaction Associates Commits to Support Women in Business - IA Takes The Corporate Challenge pledge sponsored by Governor Deval Patrick and Bentley University

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Interaction Associates, the global innovator of advanced methods to create collaborative workplaces and develop leadership for change, has signed on to advance women in business by taking The Corporate Challenge, an initiative intended to enlist businesses to foster the advancement of women at all levels, including board positions.

Interaction Associates, the global innovator of advanced methods to create collaborative workplaces and develop leadership for change, has signed on to advance women in business by taking The Corporate Challenge, an initiative intended to enlist businesses to foster the advancement of women at all levels, including board positions.

The Corporate Challenge is an invitation issued by Governor Patrick in cooperation with Bentley University and its Center for Women and Business (CWB). The Challenge is largely about being part of a community of companies working on the vital issues of recruiting, retaining, and promoting women in the workforce.

"Interaction Associates is already highly committed to and active in advancing women leaders in our own company, as well as in our clients' organizations," said Linda Stewart, President and CEO of Interaction Associates. "We designed and deliver customized consulting and training services to companies looking to develop and promote women leaders, so joining The Corporate Challenge seems a natural fit," she added.

Interaction Associates has chosen the following areas on which to focus:
1) Actively recruit women to fill open positions at all levels of the organization, in order to increase the percentage of women in the workforce, including non-traditional roles.
2) Increase the percentage of women among the top 10% of the company's senior positions.
3) Increase the number of women on the board of directors.

IA's Women in Leadership (WIL) program already has been adopted and rolled out globally by a high-tech giant, and has resulted in promotions for women leaders inside that company. The Women in Leadership workshop pressure-tests and hones women leaders' business skills - equipping women not only for career success, but for major contributions to their companies.

About Interaction Associates
Interaction Associates is a 45-year innovator of advanced methods for building collaborative cultures to achieve excellence in a new measure of ROI - Return on Involvement - where employees go "beyond engagement" to share responsibility for business results. The firm develops leaders at all levels through consulting, learning and coaching with a focus on building leaders' proficiency in collaboration, strategic thinking, and self-awareness. With offices in Boston and San Francisco, and a network of partnerships worldwide, IA client services include organization-wide consulting, learning solutions, and coaching. For more info: interactionassociates.com.

About Bentley University's Center for Women and Business
Bentley University's Center for Women and Business (CWB) is focused on helping women reach their full potential in the workplace and helping corporations engage the full potential of talented women leaders. The CWB is dedicated to helping businesses recruit, engage, advance, and retain women in their workplaces. It assists companies in creating inclusive work environments where women can succeed and advance into leadership. It prepares students for successful business careers through academic and experiential leadership programming. The CWB also conducts research to gain deeper understanding of the issues and to develop solutions to benefit our partners and the business community. To learn more visit http://www.bentley.edu/cwb

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